Cycling challenge for a cause


Save the Children has once again teamed up with Socialtours and Talent Inc to give continuity to the Kora Cycling Challenge to be held in Kathmandu on Saturday.

At a press meet on Thursday, the organisers informed that the event will raise funds to upgrade birthing centres in Rukum to help prevent child injustice in the country and raise awareness for the cause.

Save the Children says there are more than 25,000 deaths every year due to the lack of adequate facilities in birthing centres, and the donation to the centre in Rukum will in some ways help achieve the goal.

The organisers have estimated more than 150 riders to take part in the 50km race that will flag off at the Patan Dubar Square and go round Kirtipur, Naikap, Sitapaila, Balaju, Kapan, Boudha, Sinamangal and Balkumari before ending where it started.

The riders aim to raise about Rs 500,000 in total, with each of them pledging a certain amount from sponsors for every kilometre they cover in the race.

“With the money we collect, we will buy equipment such as mattresses for birthing beds, torch lights and stainless scissors,” said Save the Children’s Director for Media and Communica-tions Sudarshan Shrestha.

“We are happy to have the cycling community in Nepal join and support the Everyone Campaign to save newborn lives. It should give us hope to know that every kilometre a cyclist cycles today could save a newborn in Rukum.”

Posted on: 2012-07-20 08:36